It finally happened. At the age of 24 I've officially moved out of my parents house.
Back in October/November I started house hunting and found a house that was almost perfect for someone like me, so I made an offer and ended up buying a house. It's in a quiet area, has a spare room, a garden and if I look out my back window, I see trees. When I woke up this morning (my first night spent in this house) I went into the spare room, switched on the PC, had a look out the window and saw a bullfinch perched on a tree looking in this direction. This is a pretty cool situation to be in.
One of the biggest changes for me is going from having a bedroom to myself to having an entire house to myself. When I lived with my parents, I generally spent all my time at home sat in my bedroom, on a desk chair, staring at my PC screen. It's great to no longer be confined to having just one room that feels like mine. I haven't watched TV in years, but because I have a living room, a sofa and a TV, I felt inclined to give it a shot. It's quite nice to switch myself off and just sit there for a while.
Cooking seems to be the thing that people make most jokes about. "You're going to have to learn to cook for yourself now Dean!" but really, it's not so bad. I made pizza last night. And by made, I mean I took it out of the wrapper and stuck it in the oven. People act like I've never cooked before and that the oven is some kind of mystical object that takes years to master. It's nice to be able to decide my own meals, although I imagine getting home from work and not having diner on the table is going to take a while to get used to.
The rooms are just about fully furnished now, with the exception of a few end tables and a bookcase, I'm pretty much done. My plan for the spare room is to turn it into an office/study type place. I work in IT and I like to play about with that sort of stuff as a hobby too, so I'm going to build up my VMWare environment again and start playing around with some linux servers. Ideally, I'd also like to get back into doing some web development in my spare time too, but I need to pace myself. Usually I take on too much at once and end up buring myself out.
Anyway, I just thought I'd give an update on where I'm at for the few people who find this interesting. Things are pretty good right now.